From the early days of the Railroad Ranch, the historic jack fence at now Harriman State Park has served as a landmark, the gateway to the Island Park area. Originally used for its practical style over lava rock terrain, the jack fence has taken on its own character and has become a part of the community itself. The Railroad Ranch jack fence along Highway 20 has served as a familiar sight to visitors and the community for more than 100 years as they commute to and through Island Park.
With depleted park budgets, the fence began to show its age, so to preserve the landmark jack fence, the newly founded Friends of Harriman State Park, in cooperation with Harriman State Park, created the “Buy-A-Buck” campaign in the spring of 2010. People were able to purchase a buck (one section of jack fence) for $100 and have their name branded on it to signify support for this heritage. The Buy-A-Buck campaign kicked off Saturday, May 22, 2010; thanks to generous community support through financial contribution and volunteering their sweat and tears, the last build phase was completed on September 23rd, 2015. This project was funded entirely by community donations totaling $41,555.
To locate your original brand site, click below for your name and brand location then refer to the map below to locate your brand.
Thanks to the creative thinking of Harriman Staff, there is now a FREE snowshoe loaner program at Harriman State Park! $1,820 was initially provided by FHSP to purchase 20 snowshoes for the loaner program. The program was developed to help maintain the grooming of winter trails and give those without winter gear an opportunity to recreate at Harriman in the winter months.
FHSP received a $4,000 grant in 2014 to replace 25 intersection signs in Harriman’s trail system. Original signs, erected when the trail system was created, had out-of-date maps and were obsolete. The grant was received from the Recreational Trails Program administered by Idaho Parks and Recreation.
In 2011, FHSP received a $4,476 grant from Recreational Trails Program administered by Idaho Parks and Recreation to purchase a pull behind snow groomer for the winter ski program. Matching funds of $1,119 were provided by the Idaho Falls Nordic Ski Patrol. The extra wide groomer provides a back up to the more expensive to operate Piston Bully allowing for extra grooming and touch up of trails. The groomer also serves as a back up when there are equipment malfunctions.
An $11,000 grant was awarded from Recreational Advisory Committee, USFS to complete the treatment of a 40-acre aspen stand marked for regeneration.
Harriman Staff, under the direction of the Eastern Idaho Working Group, completed initial risk assessments of aspen stands within four 25-acre study plots in the Middle Henry’s Fork Drainage. 100 acres of high-priority aspen stands were marked for treatment and stem counts were completed on the 100 acres for baseline data. Protocols refined by the Eastern Idaho Aspen Working Group were utilized in this study and data was collected using GIS technology generating spatial data for use by multiple agencies involved. Working with park staff, Idaho Master Naturalists volunteered their time in the study which aimed to increase the viability of waning aspen stands within Harriman State Park.
In 2011, FHSP received a grant of $3,400 from Resource Advisory Committee, USFS to purchase fencing material to mend a breach in a riparian area where cattle were accessing the rehabilitated Sheridan Creek in Harriman State Park located on the west side of the Island Park Reservoir.
The Sheridan Creek restoration project was a large creek rehabilitation project that had many partners, both private and public organizations. A project that took years to complete, it diverted an irrigation canal back to the original creek bed that had sat near dry for decades. Riparian flora was also planted on the banks to stabilize erosion issues. The original restoration was completed in 2007.